A murder probe has been launched after this German politician hated by the far right for welcoming refugees has been found shot dead.
Walter Luebcke, 65, was found dead yesterday and suicide is believed to have been ruled out because there was no sign of the murder weapon.
Although police and prosecutors are not giving details, it is known that he was shot in the head.
A police helicopter was seen circling overhead for most of the day. His house has also been cordoned off, with neighbours interviewed as part of the investigation.
At the height of the refugee crisis, Luebcke caused controversy by saying that Germany was built on Christian values, which included helping those in need, such as refugees.
He said: “Anyone who does not share these values can leave this country at any time , that’s the freedom of every German.”
The statement resulted in massive criticism from the far right, with some calling for his resignation.
He joined the CDU in 1986 and Mark Weinmeister and was an elected regional MP in Hessen where he was also the president.
The CDU Europe State Secretary in Hessen said: “We are absolutely devastated by the news of the death of our friend Walter Luebcke.”
He said that the thoughts of the party were with his wife, his two sons and is newborn nephew.